Tate exhibition shows what happens when art and artifical intelligence collide

Great art should not be reduced to a computer algorithm. Who, after all, could codify, quantify and automate that ineffable power of one human being to reach deep into another’s soul and induce the stirring feelings of aesthetic beauty? “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,” as Leonardo da Vinci put it, and cannot be reduced to the domain of the robots. Or alternatively, maybe we should be a little less precious, and a little more curious. This week Tate Britain launched a remarkable experiment in mass pattern recognition, in conjunction with the 2016 IK Prize for digital innovation in the art world. This year’s winning project, “Recognition”, was created by the Italian group Fabrica, and uses several types of artificial intelligence algorithms to pair up classic works…


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